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Turris agrees to end holdout, signs two-year deal

Tuesday, 11.22.2011 / 7:50 PM / News

NHL.com

After a holdout that has forced him to miss all of training camp and the first 19 games of the season, Phoenix Coyotes forward Kyle Turris has agreed to a two-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

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TSN’s Darren Dreger reported on Twitter that the deal is for $2.8 million -- $1.2 million in the first season and $1.6 million.

While it is possible that signing Turris could be the first step towards a trade – he reportedly wants out of Phoenix – during the holdout Phoenix general manager Don Maloney repeatedly said the Coyotes would not be trading Turris.

"We are pleased to agree to terms with Kyle on a multi-year contract," Maloney said in a press release. "Kyle is a top, young player who will make us a better team. We look forward to having him in our lineup so he can contribute to our team."

In September, Maloney also chastised Turris' contract demands, saying they were "illogical" for a guy that has 46 points in 131 career NHL games. Turris reportedly wanted a contract that would pay him in the neighborhood of $3 million to $4 million per season.

Turris was the No. 3 pick in the 2007 Entry Draft behind Patrick Kane and James van Riemsdyk.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild